Our March selection includes fascinating documentaries on humanity’s efforts to understand our primate cousins like Project Nim and Unlocking the Cage and the unforgettable cult classic of Planet of the Apes.
Wednesday 15 March, 18:05
James Marsh / UK 2011 / 1h39m / 12A – Contains animal testing, strong language and drug use / Documentary.
From the team behind the thrilling Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark experiment in the 1970s. A Columbia University team aimed to prove that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make into a human.
Thursday 23 March, 14:30 and 20:45
Franklin J Schaffner / USA 1968 / 1h52m / PG / Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans.
Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, a spaceship crew commanded by Col. George Taylor (Charlton Heston) emerge from hibernation to find they have crash-landed on an unknown planet. The four survivors explore their new world, searching for the basics of survival, food and water. Soon, they discover that their new home is inhabited. There are other humans, but they are mute and treated like cattle by the dominant species. On this planet, evolution has favoured the apes, who have developed into the walking, talking, thinking rulers of a society where tolerance is minimal, and superstition is valued over science...
The 20:45 screening will be introduced by Dr Andrew Kitchener, Principal Curator of Vertebrates at National Museums Scotland.
Saturday 25 March, 15:40
Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker / USA 2016 / 1h31m / 12A / Documentary.
From legendary wife-husband documentary team Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room) comes this illuminating, suspenseful and deeply moving look at the unprecedented work of animal rights lawyer Steven Wise. After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team make history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with legal protections. At the centre of the tale are a variety of captive chimpanzees, whose cognitive complexity holds the key to his impassioned case.
15 Mar - 25 Mar 2017
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Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
£8/£6 conc for matinee screening of Planet of the Apes
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